LITTLETON, Colo. – Come join friends and neighbors on Saturday, July 9 to help remove noxious weeds from Chatfield State Park. Volunteers will also learn how to identify common noxious weeds in Colorado and how to control these weeds. Volunteers will remove noxious weeds such as diffuse knapweed and scotch thistle, and will re-seed disturbed areas.

The event at Chatfield, sponsored by the Colorado Weed Management Association, is one of the dozens of events that are part of the state-wide, long-term “Pulling for Colorado” campaign to inform Coloradans about the noxious weed threat and to ultimately eradicate these noxious invaders. The invasion of noxious weeds has increasingly impacted Colorado’s forests, parks and open spaces. Noxious weeds, one of the greatest threats to Colorado’s wild places and parks, have infested more than one million acres in Colorado and federal agencies estimate that noxious weeds are spreading on western federal public lands at a rate of 4,600 acres per day.

To learn more about Pulling For Colorado (P4C) events throughout the state, please visit the Colorado Weed Management Association website at: http://www.cwma.org/p4c.html.

To register to volunteer at Chatfield, please visit http://www.eventbrite.com/event/1821202265

Volunteers will gather at 8 a.m. at Chatfield’s Balloon Launch Site, accessed from the main Chatfield State Park entrance, which is one mile south on Wadsworth from C-470. The event will last until about 11:30 a.m. Volunteers will be required to wear sturdy footwear (no tennis shoes, sandals, or flip-flops) and work gloves. Volunteers must bring water.

Please join us for a great morning of fun, education and action!
Colorado State Parks get everyone outdoors! Attracting more than 12 million visitors per year, Colorado’s 42 State Parks are a vital cornerstone of Colorado’s economy and quality of life. Colorado State Parks encompass 224,447 land and water acres, offering some of the best outdoor recreation destinations in the state. Colorado State Parks is a leader in providing opportunities for outdoor recreation, protecting the state’s favorite landscapes, teaching generations about nature and partnering with communities. Colorado State Parks also manage more than 4,300 campsites, and 63 cabins and yurts. For more information on Colorado State Parks or to purchase an annual pass online, visit www.parks.state.co.us.

Contact:
Deb Frazier, (303) 866-3203 ext. 4342, deb.frazier@state.co.us

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